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Taranaki Farming Lifestyles, August 2019

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Integrity community mediaADVERTISE WITH US!ENQUIRE TODAY 9,487 copies DELIVERED FREE to every rural delivery address in TaranakiHorticulture added to Ahuwhenua Trophy competition0800 466 793August 2019 EditionTaranaki woman holds top titleEncouraging farmstrong visionP6P3P8Honey business is buzzing Page 4–5123027 861 6358 / 06 752 201141Surplus Fluorescent Lights Comes with power lead attached with plug. 1,200mm long bulbs — Phillips TLD 36W/840 Cool White. Some paint over-spray on them. Up to 5 = $38 each 6-10 = $35 each 11 or more = $32 each2Steel Culvert Pipe, 610mm OD x 9.5mm WT 14,000mm Length = $2,576 10,000mm Length = $1,840 12,000mm Length = $2,208 12,700mm Length = $2,337 13,400mm Length = $2,4663Fuel Tanks Various sizes 550-6,000 Litres On skids, stands etc, some with pumps. Phone/email for details4Hardwood Wharf Pile / Pole Used / Great Condition Drive heads on some Approx 18 metres long 450mm OD Top — Tapered 2,200kgs $1,950 eachE: steve@eisl.co.nz | josh@eisl.co.nz | accounts@eisl.co.nz 1249 EGMONT ROAD, EGMONT VILLAGE, NEW PLYMOUTH 43722AUGUST 2019TARANAKI FARMING LIFESTYLESScholarship winners announcedIntegrity community mediaThe Taranaki Farming Lifestyles is published with pride by Integrity Community Media, a privately owned NZ company.by Denise GunnPhone: 0800 466 793 Email: info@integrity.nz General Manager: Deb Wright | deb.wright@integrity.nz | 021 639 696Silver Fern Farms has awarded six young people from around New Zealand with Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships.Editorial: Ann van Engelen, Denise Gunn Advertising: Lisa Thurlow Accounts: accounts@integrity.nz Distribution: Laurie Willetts Website: www.farminglifestyles.co.nzAudited Circulation Print run 9,487From left to right: Silver Fern Farms co-chair Rob Hewett with scholarship recipients William Robertson, Lucy Rowe, Phoebe Topp, Teagan Graham, Matthew Day and Kate DenzelSPECIALISING SPECIALISING IN IN » DRAINAGE » FARM DEVELOPMENT » GENERAL EARTHWORKS » ROAD FORMING » SITE PREPARATION » HEDGE, SHELTER & TREE REMOVAL » FULL CLEAN UPPLUS» CARTAGE » TRUCK & LOW LOADER » TRACTOR & TRAILERCALL MARK ON027 450 9139 FAULL ROAD, TIKORANGIPhoto: Silver Fern FarmsThis year’s applicants were asked to explore the issues of sustainability in the red meat sector, and then present their solutions for farms, processing and in-market. Silver Fern Farms chief executive Simon Limmer said it is clear that there is a real belief from these young people in the future for our natural grass-fed red meat. “We want to thank all of the applicants who put forward their ideas. It has been great to hear the innovative ideas and passion from young people who have their sights set firmly on creating a sustainable future for the red meat sector. “Through our scholarship programme, we are creating pathways for young people to have a rewarding career in our industry.” During three years, Silver Fern Farms has invested $90,000 into the programme, supporting 18 young people. Mr Limmer believes this is working as one of the inaugural scholarship recipients is now on the Silver Fern Farms graduate programme. “During the course of the three years, we have supported their ambitions to help the red meat industry with ideas ranging from industry biosecurity challenges, the development of food technology processes to extend the shelf life and flavor of red meat, regenerativecropping, selling the story of New Zealand’s natural artisan agriculture to the world, as well as challenging the industry to think big and be bold.” This year’s scholarship recipients William Robertson (upper North Island), Lucy Rowe (western North Island), Phoebe Topp (eastern North Island), Teagan Graham (upper South Island), Matthew Day (lower South Island) and Kate Denzel (Judge’s choice) each received $5,000 to go toward their careers in the red meat sector. Applicants require a Silver Fern Farms Co-operative shareholder to support their bid for a scholarship. That gives farmer shareholders the opportunity to encourage young people who want to progress their careers in the red meat sector. Silver Fern Farms co-chair Rob Hewett was pleased to present the scholarships in front of 300 farmer suppliers and shareholders at Silver Fern Farms Plate to Pasture conference in Christchurch. “The Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships are always a highlight for us,” said Mr Hewett. “Discovering the passion and talent emerging in our communities gives us great confidence that the future of farming and the communities where we live and work, is safe in the hands of our young leaders.”BRANDERSON HOMES LTD PRE BUILT HOMESExcavators • • Graders Bulldozers • • Loaders Dump Trucks • • Rollers & Compaction Access equipment • • Large range of machineryRing for all your hire requirementsFREEPHONE 0800 447 392 Wellington | Palmerston Northwww.hireways.co.nz | hire@hireways.co.nzOFFICE LOCATED AT: 37 HAUTAPU RD, CAMBRIDGE � TELEPHONE: 07 827 3901 Email: branderson.homes@xtra.co.nz ������������������� Web: www.brandersonhomes.co.nz Please send us an information pack about your Transportable Pre-Built Homes Name Address Phone Style/Size Please mail to: Branderson Homes Ltd, PO Box 434, Cambridge, 3450TARANAKI FARMING LIFESTYLESFORESTRY SEEDLINGSHorticulture added to Ahuwhenua Trophy competition by Denise GunnThe Ahuwhenua Trophy competition will receive an extra boost with the introduction of horticulture to the event. The Minister for Maori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta and the Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor said bringing horticulture into the prestigious Ahuwhenua Trophy competition is a significant milestone for Maori. “Up until now, the competition has only involved sheep and beef and dairy, but with the rapid growth and investment by Maori in horticulture — it is now part of the competition,” said Minister Mahuta. Government financial support for the event will also increase. Minister O’Connor said he was pleased to announce Te Puni Kokiri and Ministry for Primary Industries as platinum sponsors of the Excellence in Maori Horticulture Award in 2020. “Part of this sponsorship will include 12,000 tree seedlings supplied by the Minginui Nursery, and made possible through our One Billion Trees Programme.” The competition is designed to promote excellence in Maori farming and horticulture. A special cup, an exact replica of trophies designed by New Zealand artist Goldie, has been crafted especially for next year’s event. The creation of the trophy has been an international collaborative effort between The Village Goldsmith in Wellington, Te Puia — the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Rotorua and Englandbased firm Ottewill. Minister Mahuta said Maori are now major players in theSOLD OUT P. Radiata GF19 & WD23Start to offset your emissions now. Our cold climate extends your planting to mid September. Supplies limited, order now. Pre-order for 2020.Waimarino Tree ResourceIan Forster: 027 444 3441 waimarino.tree.resource@gmail.comMinister of Agriculture Damien O’Connorhorticultural sector, producing at least 10 per cent of the annual kiwifruit crop, as well as avocados and berries as rapidly expanding crops. “Right across the primary sector, Maori are excelling. They are taking ownership of their land, forming collaborative partnerships, taking their products directly to world markets and this all adds to the establishment of profitable and sustainable businesses that are guided by Maori values.” Ahuwhenua Trophy chairman Kingi Smiler said it is time to celebrate the achievements of Maori working in the horticultural sector. “The Ahuwhenua Trophy competition has the mana and prestige, which no other event inSUPPLIERS OF AWAKINO RUBBLEAotearoa has and the prospect of winning this beautiful cup will surely be an incentive. I urge Maori leaders and rural professionals to proactively encourage Maori to enter this competition. For the finalists, there is not only the prestige of winning the competition but the added benefits of high-quality feedback on their enterprises. Past finalists have noted how valuable this is. 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If we had started out big, we would most likely have lost hives and money.” Now with more than 500 hives, Lyall and Trish are still expanding their Taranaki Bees business. The couple’s apiaries are spread from Pihama in the south to Matau in the north, with some migratory hive movements into the King Country during the Manuka season. Trish said they treat landowners withthe utmost respect and try to be an as little inconvenience as possible. “We have health and safety documentation and practices in place to alleviate any concerns they might have and to help us keep safe. These principles are paying us back now, with good rapport and word-of-mouth helping us gain more land access.” A boilermaker by trade, Lyall has worked as a contractor around New Zealand. He is currently a contract shutdown planner for the petroleum industry, and his skillsets are wellutilised in beekeeping. 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Currently, Taranaki Bees sell approximately three-quarters of their honey in bulk drums to overseas honey buyers. The remainder is sold to retail stores in New Zealand. Beeswax is also sold in various sizes, ranging from one to eight kilograms. “We have also started a fundraising initiative for local organisations,” said Trish. Lyall and Trish are fascinated with the complexity of the honeybee. “They have amazing capabilities as a collective and the ways they communicate is fascinating.” “We believe there is still so much more to learn about them. Recent studies show that bees can count and can recognise beekeepers faces — this doesn’t surprise us at all. “The fact that they produce many useful products such as propolis, wax, venom and royal jelly prove how valuable and clever they are.”AUGUST 20195The couple now has more than 500 hives spread around the region, with some migratory hive movements into the King Country during the Manuka seasonLyall said bees require intervention in order to keep them healthy and productive. “The varroa mite and natural food sources are our biggest challenges to good bee health. “We manage the varroa mite two to three times a year through both mainstream and organic treatments. The hive-carrying ability in the apiary area is closely monitored to ensure we don’t have too many hives in one place. In the bigger picture, it is far less stress for bees and beekeeper to spread hive numbers around to ensure they are getting enough natural sustenance.” Money and markets have also been challenging. To keep the costs of reliable equipment down the couple builds a lotthemselves and spread growth across a few years. Their first commercial production of honey aligned with an MPI change in the Manuka standard. It had a massive impact on all New Zealand honey. “This was both a positive in the sense of being a learning around debt burden and keeping it low. Also a negative in how the international price for honey is very low, which is not helped by faux honey derived from corn/rice syrups and the likes.” Working among the peaceful surroundings of the countryside isValue Farm Sheds Value Building Supplies farm buildings are constructed from quality materials that last, at prices you can afford.CALLING ALL LAND OWNERSVisit our website for full specs: www.valuebuilding.co.nzBuilding SuppliesCould parts of your land earn better returns? 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